Journal article

Predictive Psychiatric Genetic Testing in Minors: An Exploration of the Non-Medical Benefits.

Arianna Manzini, Danya Vears

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry | Springer Verlag | Published : 2018


Predictive genetic testing for susceptibility to psychiatric conditions is likely to become part of standard practice. Because the onset of most psychiatric diseases is in late adolescence or early adulthood, testing minors could lead to early identification that may prevent or delay the development of these disorders. However, due to their complex aetiology, psychiatric genetic testing does not provide the immediate medical benefits that current guidelines require for testing minors. While several authors have argued non-medical benefits may play a crucial role in favour of predictive testing for other conditions, little research has explored such a role in psychiatric disorders. This paper..

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